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NHL Goalie Power RankingsBehind The Mask: Kari Lehtonen keeping Stars afloat

Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014 | 06:36 PM

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Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen has posted save percentages of .920 or better in five of his last six games for a 4-0-2 record in that span. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen has posted save percentages of .920 or better in five of his last six games for a 4-0-2 record in that span. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Hockey Night in Canada analyst Kelly Hrudey ranks the Top 10 goaltenders in each NHL conference every two weeks.

The last two or three weeks have been especially tough for some of the better netminders in the game.

We all love the holiday season but it sure can be distracting for the players thinking about family and friends.

This list will include some goalies who only recently played really well, going back as little as a week for some of these guys.

NHL Eastern Conference

1. RYAN MILLER (10-17-1, 2.69)

This is perhaps the easiest choice this week because Miller earned the top spot with his brilliant play as well as being selected to Team USA.
2. BEN BISHOP (21-5-3, 1.89)

Bishop is the glue holding the Lightning together and until Steven Stamkos returns he will be needed to remain as steady as ever.
3. MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (22-10-1, 2.15)

Fleury leads the NHL with 22 wins and is second with 3 shutouts, pretty good for a guy some thought might not be an elite goalie much longer.
4. CAREY PRICE (18-11-3, 2.15)

Carey Price is having another excellent year for the Habs, which surprises very few.
5. JONATHAN BERNIER (13-11-4, 2.40)

Bernier seems to have taken over in Toronto and is proving he's capable of being a starting goalie in the league.
6. STEVE MASON (10-9-3, 2.38)

Mason is extremely focused and his play has never been better.
7. CAM TALBOT (8-3-0, 1.72)

Talbot is vying for more ice time with his terrific play. Henrik Lundqvist has also played well in his last two starts.
8. MARTIN BRODEUR (12-8-3, 2.25)

Brodeur is a winning machine allowing the Devils a chance to get back into the race for a top three spot in the Metropolitan Division.
9. CRAIG ANDERSON (12-9-4, 3.17)

It's been a tough year for Anderson but the last week he's been solid.
10. EVGENI NABOKOV (8-7-5, 2.89)

Since coming back from a groin injury Nabokov has settled things down on the Island.

NHL Western Conference

1. KARI LEHTONEN (16-8-7, 2.46)

Lehtonen is keeping the Stars afloat in the west. The Stars are on a 6-2-2 run and playing their best hockey of the year.
2. JONAS HILLER (18-4-4, 2.42)

Hiller may not be the best technical goalie but he sure knows how to win. His 18-4-4 record accurately reflects his play.
3. MARTIN JONES (8-2-0, 1.29)

Jones has eclipsed all expectations the Kings had when they called him up from the minors.
4. AL MONTOYA (8-2-1, 1.85)

Montoya is getting some work lately and he's sure played well, at least until Andrej Pavelec finds his game again.
5. EDDIE LACK (7-3-1, 2.02)

Lack came into the season with lots of questions but he's answered most of them now that he's filling in until Roberto Luongo returns from his injury.
6. ANTTI RAANTA (10-1-3, 2.21)

Raanta impressed the Blackhawks with his steady play and his good natured attitude off the ice.
7. BRIAN ELLIOTT (10-1-2, 1.96)

Elliott is as determined as he's ever been. He shows great focus and wants to be a positive factor in every game.
8. MIKE SMITH (15-8-8, 2.88)

Smith is like his team, a hard working bunch that doesn't give up easily.
9. ANTTI NIEMI (21-8-6, 2.43)

Niemi seems to be back on track, plus he doesn't get much credit for the work he does for the Sharks.
10. RETO BERRA (5-11-2, 2.92)

Berra isn't being rewarded for his efforts the last few games in Calgary because he's been giving them a chance to win most nights lately.

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